The Theme for Day Eight
Reverence for Life is:
A PHILOSOPHY WHICH SEEKS TO REVIVE HOPE, AND GIVE PURPOSE TO OUR LIVES TODAY AND FOR THE FUTURE
At a time when the forces of ruthless self-interest are causing the disintegration of society and making us lose the feeling of a common cause in our communities, RfL tries to restore hope and faith in a more benign and caring future for all life on Earth.
Reverence for Life is an ethical philosophy created by Dr. Albert Schweitzer in 1915 and developed further by him until his death in 1965.
In 1915, searching for an idea that could stem the decline and disintegration of western civilisation, Dr. Schweitzer hit upon the thought, that it was a lack of respect for life in all its forms - the loss of awe in the face of the mystery of LIFE itself - that lay at the core of this civilisation’s demise. For the remainder of his life he worked tirelessly to demonstrate and explain the far-reaching implications of this thought.
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